Daily Web Summary 10/22/2014

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2014

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Remember when $2,250 seemed like a lot for a fat steer?

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2014

Houston pays out a ton in added money.  In fact, if you took your additional premium check from this year to the bank and got pennies it would almost literally be a ton of money at 1,924 lbs.  The additional premium check is actually more than the guaranteed payment this year.

But for a bit of perspective on just how high cattle prices have gotten, think back to the time when placing in that 6th spot at Houston was profitable because the guaranteed $2,250 was a good price for a calf.  You don’t have to think back too far, just a couple years.

At Monday’s live cattle cash price that’s a premium of $32.90 over slaughter for a 1,350 lb calf.

For the typical 1,320 card weight (~1,390 actual weight) steer that's a loss of $17.84.

Daily Web Summary 10/21/2014

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2014

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Daily Web Summary 10/20/2014

MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2014

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Daily Web Summary 10/19/2014

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2014

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Top Web Sale Lots Week of 10/13/2014

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2014

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Top individual sale lots of the past week...

  1. $106,000 - Heifer sired by Little Cedar Aviator 503X
  2. $80,000 - Heifer sired by GVC STATESMAN 4R ET
  3. $70,000 - Heifer sired by CYT Maxim 9202 ET
  4. $60,000 - Heifer sired by VH MR BG 1104
  5. $58,000 - Heifer sired by I-80
  6. $51,000 - Heifer sired by Yardley High Regard
  7. $50,500 - Heifer sired by Yardley High Regard
  8. $50,000 - Heifer sired by BK XIKES X59
  9. $37,000 - Bred Cow sired by STAR TRF BATTLE CHIEF 356P
  10. $36,000 - Heifer sired by Little Cedar Aviator 503X

Daily Web Summary 10/18/2014

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2014

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Daily Web Summary 10/17/2014

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014

Funniest thing on Facebook in quite some time...



Working in an office is better than working from home.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014

You can fool yourself into thinking you don’t need a separate office but the fact that I’ve been able to write the last two sentences without yelling at my wife or kids to leave me alone is proof that I do.

I can’t come up with some stupid chore that I need to do at the ranch (“hey, there was a calf born a week ago that doesn’t have an ear tag, I should stop what I’m doing, drive 45-minutes down there and tag him”) because I’m actually wearing decent clothes.

Right here <--------

See that right there?  That right there is when I would have taken a nap if I were at home.  But I’m not at home and it’s a 20 minute drive to the house.

I’m not freaked out by Eboloa.  Do you know why?  Because there’s no TV here in my office.  I know the market is tanking but only because the energy trader next door has been cussing a lot.

I’ve lost five pounds in the past two weeks.  Partly because I started running in the morning again (because I have an actual schedule) and partly because there’s not a bag of chips 20 steps down the hall.

I stopped watching Walking Dead 5 minutes into this season.  Without a reason to have something playing on the TV in the background I realized that there are better things to do with my time than watch four guys get knocked out with bats before having their throats cut and bled out over a wash tub.  Don’t even ask me what’s happening on Doctor Who BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW.

Have you seen that sale watch thing is updated daily now?

Have you seen me post each day?

Are you not entertained?

I feel like an adult again for the first time in quite a while.

You folks may or may not be disciplined enough to work from home.

It only took me a decade to realize I’m not.

Daily Web Summary 10/16/2014

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2014

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Via MLC.com - What are the Kansas City Royals named after?

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2014

From the Wall Street Journal via MattLautnerCattle.com...



It's nice that the pigs in showrings today are closer to the pigs videoed from the 50s/60s than the pig from the 90s at the 1:35 mark.

Does the sex matter in clubby calves this fall?

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2014

Let’s define clubby heifers as anything out of one of the bulls with more than 5 steers sold in an online sale this fall.  That list of sires is 42 bulls long, 90% of which are some derivative of a Heat Wave line.

There have been 1,201 heifers that meet that criteria sold in online sales between Setpember 1st and today.

The average prices of clubby heifers for that time period is $3,942 and the average price for the steer mates (out of the same 42 bulls) is $4,045.

That average is up from $3,428 in 2013, an increase of almost exactly 15% which feels frankly feels a bit low compared to the price of commercial heifers this fall relative to last fall.

Most popular sires of clubby heifers this fall…
  1. Man Among Boys - 238
  2. Monopoly - 232
  3. I-80 - 140
  4. Believe in Me - 77
  5. Unstoppable - 72
Sires of at least 5 clubby heifers with an average price over $4,000
  1. Solid Gold - 6 - $7,458
  2. Yellow Jacket - 8 - $6,062
  3. Salty Dog - 9 - $5,233
  4. Thriller - 14 - $4,582
  5. Monopoly - 232 - $4,575
  6. Man Among Boys - 238 - $4,497
  7. I-80 - 140  - $4,256
  8. FSF STARBURST 058 - 8 - $4,225
  9. Dakota Gold - 5 - $4,070

Is it just a Texas thing?

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2014

Would you guys up in the midwest look at somebody funny if they said "yeah, he's a really great calf, his ears are just a bit too small"?

I think it's a Texas thing.

Yeah, it's probably a Texas thing.

I don't know, maybe obsessing over whether a new born calf has adequate ear length, a bell shape, and a lower set on the skull is something normal people do.

Probably not.

Top Web Sale Lots Week of 10/6/2014

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2014

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Top individual sale lots of the past week...

  1. $58,000 - Heifer sired by Lut
  2. $37,000 - Pair sired by O C C Juneau 807J
  3. $36,000 - Steer sired by FSF Starburst
  4. $35,000 - Heifer sired by Dameron First Impression
  5. $34,000 - Heifer sired by S A V Brilliance 8077
  6. $32,000 - Steer sired by Medicine Man
  7. $31,000 - Heifer sired by Monopoly
  8. $29,000 - Heifer sired by S A V Brilliance 8077
  9. $27,500 - Heifer sired by Big Mac
  10. $26,000 - Cow sired by Leachman Right Time

September 2013 vs 2014 Online Steer Sale Sires

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2014

There were 236 bulls that were listed as the sire for steers sold in online sales in September of this year.

However, 53% of the 1,412 steers sold online that we tracked this September were out of just five bulls.

18.7% of calves were sold as sired by Man Among Boys, the highest percentage of calves sold in September of any bull other than Monopoly in 2012 (23%).

16% of calves were sold as sired by Monopoly or Monopoly clones, twice as many as the third most popular bull.  

Believe in Me ranked #5 in September of 2012, #2 in 2013, and was #3 in 2014 with a 7.3% share of the calves sold in September.

I-80 moved up from #7 in 2013 to #4 in 2014 with a 6.3% share.

Unstoppable moved from #9 to #5 with 4.7% of the calves sold.

Heat Wave and Walks Alone still hang strong at #6 and #7.

Other bulls listed as the sire on at least 1% of the 1,412 steers sold online that we tracked in September…

#8 – Walk This Way 1.6%
#9 – Eye Candy 1.6%
#10 – Monopoly Money 1.5%
#11 – Jesse James 1.3%
#12 – Two Tone 1.2%
#13 – Fu Man Chu 1%

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